Valued Exposure: Piper Alpha

Texan firefighter Red Adair on the still-burning Piper Alpha offshore platform

A total of 167 men died when a series of explosions ripped through the offshore oil platform Piper Alpha, 120 miles off the coast of Aberdeen on 6 July 1988. Only 61 people survived. The accident led to huge changes in the way the offshore industry operated. Here Texan firefighter Red Adair can be seen on the platform where he had to deal with with 80mph winds and 70ft seas. He brought the fires under control in three weeks, first pumping cement into the wells and then capping them.

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